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Crans Montana, Caprises, city ski... and Portaski

After a few days back in Chamonix , it was back over to Switzerland again with the Mountain Radio team for the Caprise festival and the Momentum Ski ‘City Ski’ event in Crans Montana. ( . Along with various groups from the city, joining in was Warren Smith again, Konrad Bartelski and Olympic Gold medallist, Tommy Moe who each gave workshops on racing the dual parallel slalom.

There was a bit of a walk to get from the hotel to the lift, so again PortaSki conserved some ski carrying energy, which I used practicing on the dual slalom race course which had been set up on the ‘National piste,’ normally a testing World Cup track for such champions as Didier Cuche and Lindsay Vonn. Warren had pointed out that my key problem was not turning early enough on my left turns and occasionally letting my legs ‘split’ rather than stay parallel. But apart from that I didn’t do too badly –although I lost to someone in full garish lycra racing kit who shot out of the gates and had no hope of catching. (these city types do take things seriously!)

After a night back at the Caprises festival ( ) watching aging rocker Alice Cooper’s sublime pantomime of a show – the next day we raced a Giant slalom. I was a little late getting there post ‘Alice’, but with the help of the PortaSki, managed to just make it on time, although it meant the race was my first run of the day. I completed it in 1 min 26 seconds, which was pretty slow considering some of the guys where breaking 1 minute- but then they did have more bulk to keep the momentum going on the flat section. After the race it was back to the ZeroDix après ski bar to rock out to ‘The Feeling’ who play at Caprises every year and had another late night – perfect preparation for my 6 hour train ride over to Ischgl the next day.

portaski · 1794 days ago
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Crans Montana, Caprises, city ski... and Portaski